Physics of Roller Coasters (Grades 5-6)

Physics of Roller Coasters (Grades 5-6)

In this hands-on workshop offered by the Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University, as part of the "Encounters at Home" series, students investigate gravity, inertia, and kinetic and potential energy, and apply that knowledge to their own at-home creations.

Open to Grades 5-6; Eligibility Criteria Apply


This course is open to students by invitation of the Gifted India Network, only. This is a single-day CTD Encounters at Home course  that meets live online from 07:30am - 11:00am Central Time on Saturday,  12/18/21 (7:00pm - 10:30pm India Standard Time).


The wheeled cars and tracks that inspired the modern-day roller  coaster were first designed over 200 years ago, long before the safety  modifications seen in amusement parks today. How have the laws of  physics been employed to make roller coaster rides both fun and  safe(ish) throughout history? In this hands-on workshop, students  investigate gravity, inertia, and kinetic and potential energy, and  apply that knowledge to their own at-home creations. Using everyday  materials, students design their own thrill-ride prototypes.


NOTE: This course may have required or recommended supplies that  families will be responsible for obtaining prior to the course. Supply  lists and recommended suppliers will be provided to families at least 5  days prior to the course. Supplies will not exceed $20 USD (prior to  shipping and handling).